Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Adult Things

Not a long post but one that I've been thinking about.

I just turned 31, and I still don't really think of myself as an adult. I don't feel like an adult, act like one, or have the heart of one. So I've been thinking about what I consider "adult" things. And I came up with these two things that were totally relegated to the sphere of adulthood.

1. Checking into a hotel. We would pull up to our vacation hotel and usually my mom would run into the hotel, while the family stayed in the car. She magically returned with keys. What happens in there? Who did she talk to? What sort of things do you have to tell the hotel people so that they gave you a room and room keys? It was all a great mystery and to this day it still makes me feel like a grown-up to check one.

2. The other thing that makes me feel like a grown up...putting on golf shoes. When I was little I would go out golfing with my father and his friends on a fairly regular basis. We would pull into the parking lot and the routine would begin. Shaking hands with all his buddies, opening the various trunks, and "the putting on of golf shoes". Now since I was still a growing boy, I never had golf shoes because as my mother put it "I would grow out of any pair that they bought me." So I would sit and watch all the men slip off their tennis shoes and put on the "magic golf shoes of adulthood". And I knew that one day..waaay in the future, I too, would get to put on golf shoes sitting on the lip of the trunk.

This ends the trip into my psyche. I hope you enjoyed it.

4 comments:

j0aJ34 said...

nice post - I'd add grip strength to my list. It comes with age, but I think only if you have kids. Then, when you get grandkids, it doubles.

fantasy weather league said...

Writing a check always feels surreally adult. As does buying tinfoil (growing up we had a commercial sized roll of tinfoil- 475 feet i believe- such a bountiful supply that the single roll lasted all through my childhood- it wasnt until i was an adult that I realized that houses are not magically equipped with tinfoil- you have to go out and BUY the stuff)

sooprgrll said...

Hear hear! Hmm...for me when I think of being an adult I think of business suits and high heels. Maybe even together.

Abbi Crutchfield said...

Things I never did until I was an adult:

Read the newspaper (skipping the comics)
Drink coffee (without milk and sugar)
Call someone, "Honey," (while not playing dress-up)
Get asked, "Are you a mom?"
Find gray hairs
Pay rent
Kill a man